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May 23, 2012

Mixed reaction from KAP over federal check-off announcement

Keystone Agricultural Producers is looking with mixed reaction at the federal government’s announcement that the Alberta Barley Commission will administer a Prairie grain research and market development check-off.

“While we need something to fill the gap that will be left by the CWB, which currently administers the check-off, we prefer a local solution that reflects the interests of wheat and barley growers in this province,” said KAP president Doug Chorney.

“We hope the final model for collection and distribution of funds for spring wheat and barley research, as well as market development, is controlled and directed regionally by the farmers who pay the check-off – just like with other commodities,” he said.

In Manitoba, KAP and other stakeholders are moving toward the development of a commodity group to eventually play this role.

 “The federal announcement indicates that its new check-off arrangement will be in place for up to five years, but we hope to make the time frame as short as possible,” Chorney said. He noted the federal government moved quickly on making the arrangement so that funding to the Canadian Western Grains Research Foundation, the Canadian International Grains Institute, and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre would not be interrupted when the CWB transitions away from its traditional structure this summer – an indication that Minister Ritz recognizes the importance of research and marketing to the Western Canadian grain industry.


For more information, please contact:
Doug Chorney, president: 204-785-3626
Val Ominski, communications co-ordinator: 204-697-1140

Keystone Agricultural Producers is Manitoba's largest general farm policy organization, representing over 7,000 farm families and 22 commodity groups throughout the province. Our strength is our democratic structure, and our mission is to represent and promote the interests of the province's farm families.